In a very brief meeting Tuesday, the Heflin City Council unanimously approved a Fire Fund purchase for the city’s Fire Department. The resolution allows the department to buy firefighting equipment.
According to City Clerk Shane Smith, the resolution was needed to amend the city’s budget.
“The Fire Department has a separate funding account where they receive money — income from donations and other things,” Smith said.
Smith said that fund is not incorporated into the city’s standard budget, therefore a resolution was needed to approve and amend the budget.
The Fire Department spent $1,400 for gear bags and $6,000 for a remote-controlled nozzle that can be operated from inside the department’s brush truck. Smith said the department received $3,000 from a grant to help buy the remote nozzle. Such a device might be used in fires along the interstate, fire Chief Jonathan Adams said.
Mayor Rudy Rooks thanked the police and fire departments for their work during the unexpectedly heavy snow Friday.
The next council meeting will be Dec. 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Rooks reminded the council that the Holidays On Ross and the Christmas parade will be Dec. 23, a Saturday. The events were cancelled due to the snow storm and were rescheduled. The Holiday On Ross celebration will include carriage rides through downtown, a gingerbread house competition and a festival of trees. The celebration begins at 2 p.m.
The rescheduled Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m.
City offices and buildings will be closed on Dec. 25, 26 and 27 and Jan. 1.